It probably came as no surprise to locals when Farnham was named by Rightmove as the country's second happiest place to live, beaten only by Leigh-on-Sea. For this friendly, arty town really has got the lot - a historic centre, a wide variety of period properties, high performing state and private schools, a scenic location on the edge of the rolling Surrey Hills, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and even a castle. Transport links are yet another asset as it's on the A31, has frequent trains into London and will have direct South Western services to Guildford from May this year.
Farnham is a Georgian town and along with properties from that era, buyers have the pick of Victorian, Edwardian, mid-20th century and newer housing. 'Castle Street, a wide road leading up to the castle and lined with Georgian houses of different sizes, is particularly lovely,' says Rory McKenzie of Savills. 'Hale, on the north side, is better value with a mix of architecture including Edwardian, 1930s and 1950s homes. Prices are stable and on a par with Haslemere and Godalming, whereas Guildford is about ten per cent more expensive. Flats start at about £200,000, and two-bed houses from £275,000-£300,000.'
Commuting time: From 59 mins to Waterloo
Amenities: Independent and chain boutiques and cafès at cobbled Lion and Lamb Yard; monthly farmers' market; Crafts Study Centre and galleries at the University for the Creative Arts; Farnham Maltings has theatre, films, craft and music; new Reel cinema opens in 2021; public art trail; annual carnival and food festival
Open space: Farnham Park is a 320-acre medieval deer park; Victoria Garden; Gostrey Meadow; the North Downs Way starts in Farnham
Schools: All local primaries and secondaries judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted; many independents
Who lives there? Professionals and families
Famous faces: Jonny Wilkinson grew up in Farnham
Our Foley Place development, located just a stone's thrown from Farnham Park, consists of two, three and four bedroom houses and is only a ten minute walk from the town centre. All homes come complete with fully-fitted kitchens with integrated appliances and en-suite bathrooms off the master bedrooms.
Prices start from £470,000. Help to Buy available.
For more information or to book an appointment visit: shanlyhomes.com/foley-place